Prenatal IV Treatments
Being pregnant isn’t easy. You may find yourself with various health issues, dehydrated, or missing important nutrients.
Thankfully, there is a lot of help out there for you. Prenatal IV drips are beneficial for women struggling with staying healthy and hydrated
Keep reading to learn more about common health issues during pregnancy and how IV therapy can help you to feel better.
Common Issues During Pregnancy
Pregnancy isn’t an easy process. Many common health complications can occur as your body works to create new life. Even if you are doing your best, some things are just outside of your control.
Morning sickness is often caused by a hormone imbalance and the addition of hormones that aren’t usually in the body. Despite the name, it can come at any time. It is often assumed to be triggered by strong smells but really can occur at any time.
There are safe anti-nausea medications out there to help with morning sickness without harming the baby, and some of them can be included in an IV treatment with a doctor’s approval.
Even if you eat a healthy diet, you might not be ingesting enough vitamins. Your baby will also need a large amount of nutrients and vitamins to produce healthily. If you don’t get enough vitamins and nutrients, you may tend to feel fatigued and weak throughout your pregnancy.
Vitamins like A, B, C, and D are all important to promote a healthy baby and pregnancy. They are also vitamins readily available in IV treatments.
Anemia occurs when your body doesn’t have enough iron to produce enough red blood cells. Since a lot of the body’s iron goes to the developing child, your body needs a lot more than normal.
Common symptoms of Anemia are:
- Feeling weak
- Feeling tired
- Shortness of breath
Iron is something you need in your body, but too much can also be harmful. For this reason, they aren’t often included in IV treatments, but your doctor can recommend a safe dosage to reduce anemia symptoms.
When blood sugar gets too high during pregnancy, it is known as Gestational Diabetes. Usually, it occurs around the middle of a pregnancy. It is considered gestational if you didn’t have diabetes before getting pregnant and is due to the body temporarily not being able to produce enough insulin.
You usually don’t continue to have diabetes after giving birth, but you can get gestational diabetes with every birth.
Insulin is something else you can talk to your doctor about adding to your regimen if you feel you aren’t producing enough.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can come as a result of many other symptoms such as gestational diabetes. If not monitored closely, you may also develop preeclampsia, which can be life-threatening, so it is important to monitor blood pressure often.
As long as you maintain a level blood pressure, you may not risk any other symptoms, though you may have a higher risk of high blood pressure in the future. However, if your blood pressure keeps increasing, you can risk preeclampsia or eclampsia.
This is based mostly on diet and stress, so you and your doctor may have to talk about how to lower your blood pressure if it gets too high.
Dehydration is common in everyone, but especially in pregnant women. They need much more water a day than the average person, drinking anywhere between 8 and 12 cups of water a day depending on your activity level.
There are a lot of symptoms of dehydration, and they can actually cause more serious conditions. It is important to stay hydrated while pregnant.
Prenatal IV treatments provide not only hydration, but electrolytes to balance you out. However, you can also find things like electrolyte drinks or ice pops, to help on a smaller scale.
Staying Hydrated During Pregnancy
It is important to stay hydrated during pregnancy. Without enough water, you may find that you encounter premature labor, low milk production, and even low amniotic fluid. There may be times you don’t feel thirsty but are very dehydrated.
Thankfully, there are some easy ways to stay hydrated, even when you don’t feel super thirsty or are having issues keeping down liquids.
- Stick with gentle exercise. Strenuous exercise dehydrates the body faster. Sticking to lighter, gentler exercise allows you to not strain yourself while still working out your body a bit more.
- Electrolyte popsicles. There are many options for electrolyte popsicles out there to help not only keep you hydrated but give you the ions and nutrients you need to help you retain that water.
- Ice chips. Ice chips are a great way to keep cool and hydrated. They are especially good as you are getting to the end of your pregnancy. They allow you to chew on something, get a bit of coldness, and get some water as well.
- Fruits. Fruits are another great option. They contain a lot of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Many fruits also have high water content. Some examples are grapes, watermelons, and apples. Fruits are low in calories as well, so there isn’t much danger in eating your fill of fruit.
- IV therapy. IV therapy can help a lot for pregnant women. Not only does it provide a saline solution to give you the water and electrolytes you need, but you can also get vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need to stay healthy.
There are IV therapies that are safe and actually designed for those that are pregnant. They are designed to help women who are pregnant get the nutrients and hydration they need.
Ingredients of a Prenatal IV Treatment
All of the ingredients in prenatal IV treatments are safe for pregnant women. They all contain things a little different, depending on the company. Most of the time, these treatments are changed depending on your needs as well, instead of flat amounts across the board.
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Normal Saline
- Zofran (if your doctor approves, to help treat nausea and vomiting)
There may still be other nutrients you need outside of the nutrients that prenatal IV treatments can provide. Your doctor should be able to tell you what else to take to balance out your system and be the healthiest you can.